Dentistry & Sleep Apnea

Did you know that Dr. Jefferies can offer treatment for sleep apnea that is comfortable and convenient?

The field of dentistry has expanded to include dental sleep medicine. This is a result of the scientific studies surrounding sleep disorders that have proven the connection between sleep apnea and oral health. Along with other risk factors, the structure of the jaw, palate, and airway can directly contribute to a sleep disorder. Dr. Jefferies has completed training at the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine in order to provide informed and comprehensive care for patients who have sleep apnea or a sleep disorder.

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Oral Appliance Therapy & Sleep Apnea

Dr. Jefferies offers oral appliance therapy to treat snoring and sleep apnea. An alternative to the CPAP, oral appliance therapy is typically well tolerated by most patients and leads to far greater compliance. He can work with you to evaluate the condition and function of your airway, discuss your overall health and determine if an oral appliance is appropriate for you.

Oral appliances have been proven to offer effective treatment and resolution of symptoms in mild to moderate sleep apnea. An oral appliance is designed to position the jaw so that the soft tissues at the back of the throat do not collapse into the airway. They fit like a mouthguard and are comfortable to wear while sleeping. Keeping the airway more open enables you to breathe normally, reducing or eliminating the “apneas” that can threaten your health and disrupt sleep.

An oral appliance is portable and makes it convenient to maintain your therapy wherever you are. This ongoing use is an important factor in the resolution of your symptoms and the enjoyment of a better night’s sleep.

Are you a candidate for oral appliance therapy?

Dr. Jefferies has the training and experience to evaluate your candidacy for using an oral appliance to treat sleep apnea. If you have mild to moderate symptoms or are considered intolerant of the CPAP, oral appliance therapy could be the solution for you. The first step is to schedule a consultation to discuss your overall health and any treatment you have had for sleep apnea. Our goal is to help you find the right option for your needs that will support improved health and better sleep.